Welsh National PGA Championship

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Welsh National PGA Championship
Tournament information
Established 1904
Course(s) Celtic Manor Resort (2017)
Current champion
Sion Bebb (2017)

The Welsh National PGA Championship is a golf tournament played annually in Wales since 1904. For many years the event was called the Welsh Professional Championship. Currently entry is restricted to professionals employed by a Welsh club and those born in Wales or with a parent or grandparent born in Wales.[1] 2016 was the 100th edition of the event and was won by Lydia Hall after a final round 67.

History

The first Championship was held at Radyr Golf Club on 15 July 1904. It was a 36-hole stroke-play event played on a single day. There were 19 entries. Tom Brace led after a 79 in the morning but fell away after an afternoon 92. The winner was the Tenby professional, Arthur Day, who had rounds of 81 and 80 for a total of 161. This put him three strokes ahead of the joint runners-up, 20-year-old George Duncan and Bill Leaver, who had finished 8th in the 1903 Open Championship. The winner received 10 guineas and a gold medal.[2]

The 1905 Championship was held at Conwy Golf Club on 23 August 1905. There were 15 entries. The winner also received entry to the final stage of the News of the World Matchplay. The winner was the Llandudno professional Fred Collins on 153. Collins finished two shots ahead of George Duncan. However, Duncan had moved to Timperley and was only trying to qualify for the News of the World Matchplay, not being eligible for the Welsh Championship. Alfred Matthews, the Rhyl professional, was runner-up in the Championship on 160.[3] The News of the World Matchplay had started in 1903 but in the first two years the Welsh professionals had had to play in the Northern or Midland sections qualifying events.

Winners

Source:[4]

Year Winner Country Venue Score
2017 Sion Bebb (3)  Wales Celtic Manor (Roman) 131
2016 Lydia Hall  Wales Tenby 138
2015 Garry Houston  Wales Radyr 137
2014 Stephen Dodd (5)  Wales Royal St David's 134
2013 Lee Rooke  Wales Royal St David's 135
2012 Stuart Manley  Wales Cardiff 135
2011 Stephen Dodd (4)  Wales Southerndown 136 +++
2010 Simon Edwards (3)  Wales Royal St David's 204
2009 Jason Powell  Wales Ashburnham 221
2008 Trevor Jones  Wales Cardiff 209
2007 Stephen Dodd (3)  Wales Cardiff 200
2006 Sion Bebb (2)  Wales Tenby 204
2005 Sion Bebb  Wales Southerndown 199
2004 Mark Plummer (3)  Wales Vale of Llangollen 203
2003 Simon Edwards (2)  Wales Porthmadog 196
2002 Simon Edwards  Wales Pyle & Kenfig 210
2001 Stephen Dodd (2)  Wales Ashburnham 214
2000 Mark Plummer (2)  Wales Newport 136
1999 Richard Dinsdale  Wales Vale of Glamorgan 134
1998 Liam Bond  Wales Vale of Glamorgan 69 ++
1997 Matthew Ellis  Wales Vale of Glamorgan 139
1996 Matt Stanford  England Northop Country Park 137
1995 Stephen Dodd  Wales Northop Country Park 139
1994 Mark Plummer  Wales Northop Country Park 133
1993 Phillip Price  Wales Mountain Lakes 138
1992 Chris Evans  Wales Ashburnham 142
1991 Paul Mayo (2)  Wales Fairwood Park 138
1990 Paul Mayo  Wales Fairwood Park 136
1989 Kevin Jones (2)  Wales Royal Porthcawl 140
1988 Ian Woosnam  Wales Cardiff 137
1987 Andrew Dodman  England Cardiff 132
1986 Philip Parkin  Wales Whitchurch 142
1985 David Llewellyn  Wales Whitchurch 132
1984 Kevin Jones  Wales Cardiff 135
1983 Simon Cox (2)  Wales Cardiff 136
1982 Craig Defoy (4)  Wales Cardiff 137
1981 Craig Defoy (3)  Wales Cardiff 139
1980 Andrew Griffiths (2)  Wales Cardiff 139
1979: Event cancelled
1978 Brian Huggett  Wales Whitchurch 145
1977 Craig Defoy (2)  Wales Glamorganshire 135
1976 Simon Cox  Wales Radyr 284
1975 Craig Defoy  Wales Whitchurch 285
1974 Mel Hughes  England Cardiff 284
1973 Andrew Griffiths  Wales Newport 289
1972 Jimmy Buckley (2)  Wales Royal Porthcawl 298
1971 Jimmy Buckley  Wales St Pierre 291
1970 W Evans  Wales Tredegar Park 289
1969 Sid Mouland (6)  Wales Llandudno 277
1968 Richard Davies  Wales Southerndown 292
1967 Sid Mouland (5)  Wales Pyle & Kenfig 219 +
1966 Sid Mouland (4)  Wales Conwy 281
1965 Sid Mouland (3)  Wales Penarth 281
1964 B Bielby  Wales Tenby 297
1963 Harry Gould (6)  Wales Wrexham 291
1962 Sid Mouland (2)  Wales Royal Porthcawl 302
1961 Sid Mouland  Wales Southerndown 286
1960 Dick Kemp (2)  Wales Llandudno 288
1959 Dennis Smalldon (3)  Wales Newport
1958 Dick Kemp  Wales Radyr
1957 Jimmy Black (2)  Wales Llandudno
1956 Dennis Smalldon (2)  Wales Royal Porthcawl
1955 Jimmy Black  Wales Penarth 291 [5]
1954 Harry Gould (5)  Wales Holyhead 293 [6][7]
1953 Dennis Smalldon  Wales Tenby 291 [8]
1952 Sid Collins Jr. (2)  England Southerndown
1951 Harry Gould (4)  Wales Llandudno
1950 Gwyn James  Wales Newport
1949 Harry Gould (3)  Wales Radyr
1948 Harry Gould (2)  Wales Aberdovey
1947 Ken Williams  Wales Llandrindod
1946 Harry Gould  Wales Royal Porthcawl
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Chris Grabham  Wales Harlech
1938 Sid Collins Jr.  England St Mellons
1937 Frank Hill (2)  Wales Clyne
1936 Fred Lloyd  Wales Prestatyn
1935 Frank Hill  Wales Penarth
1934 Charles Pickett  Wales Swansea Bay
1933 Fred Collins (2)  England Rhyl 305 [9]
1932 Bill Smalldon  Wales Royal Porthcawl
1931 R Watts  Wales Newport
1930 Harold Palferman  Wales Wrexham
1929 Bert Hodson (2)  Wales Royal Porthcawl
1928 Robert Walker  Wales Llandudno
1927 Bert Hodson  Wales Tenby
1926 Bert Weastell (2)  England Llandudno
1925 James Horn  England Pennard
1924 Bert Weastell  England Llandudno
1923 Jack Milner  England Royal Porthcawl
1922 Gus Faulkner  England Rhos on Sea
1921 Percy Alliss (2)  England Southerndown
1920 Percy Alliss  England Aberdovey
1914–19: No tournament due to World War I
1913 George Gadd  England Chester
1912 Cyril Hughes  England Royal Porthcawl
1911 Peter Rainford  England Conwy
1910 Alfred Matthews (2)  England Swansea
1909 Alfred Matthews  England Rhyl
1908 Tom Brace  Wales Bridgend
1907 Sam Whiting  England Porthcawl
1906 Jack Ross  Scotland Radyr 156
1905 Fred Collins  England Conwy 153
1904 Arthur Day  England Radyr 161
  • + reduced to 54 holes.
  • ++ reduced to 18 holes.
  • +++ reduced to 36 holes.

References

  1. ^ https://img.bluegolf.org/forms/pgagbi/Conditions_of_Entry_-_Welsh.pdf
  2. ^ "Professional golf - Tenby man wins the Welsh Championship". Evening Express and Evening Mail (Cardiff). National Library of Wales. 16 July 1904. p. 4. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Championship - Professionals' second annual meeting - success of Fred Collins, of Llandudno". Evening Express and Evening Mail (Cardiff). National Library of Wales. 24 August 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The PGA: Past Winners". pga.info. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Golf – J.L. Black (Harlech)". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 9 June 1955. Retrieved 3 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Tie for Welsh Title". The Glasgow Herald. 4 June 1954. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Other golf – Welsh Champion". The Glasgow Herald. 5 June 1954. p. 2. 
  8. ^ "Welsh Championship". The Times. 19 June 1953. p. 12. 
  9. ^ "Welsh Professional Championship". The Times. 30 June 1933. p. 6. 

External links

  • Welsh National PGA Championship official site
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